Here is the Liverpool under-21 side to play Sunderland this evening.
Liverpool under-21s: Fulton, McLaughlin, Smith, Jones, Maguire, Williams, Randall, O’Hanlon, Sinclair, Brannagan, Wilson
Liverpool’s under-21 side head into their clash against Sunderland this evening knowing that a win puts them ahead of the Black Cats in the table.
Liverpool have games in hand on the sides above them in the table and this is a real chance for them to play well and close the gap.
It’s also a good chance for the individuals to make an impression on first team boss Brendan Rodgers as they fight to get a chance in the senior ranks over the rest of the campaign.
In terms of the head-to-head stats between the teams this season, Liverpool have scored more goals but Sunderland have the better defence.
That increases the importance for the Reds to start the game well because Sunderland will be confident that they can wear down their opponents over the course of 90 minutes.
Three points for Sunderland could move them up two places in the table above Fulham and Manchester City.
Both teams head into this game on the back of wins, though Sunderland haven’t played since the end of last month.